Ch 4: Poetry Examples: Help & Review

About This Chapter

The Poetry Examples chapter of this Poetry: Help and Review course is the simplest way to master poetry examples. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of poetry examples.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering poetry examples will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn examples of poetry. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding working with major poets and poetry examples
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning English (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about poetry examples
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra English learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Poetry Examples chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Poetry Examples chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any poetry examples question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a poetry unit of a standard English course. Topics covered include:

  • The structure and format of Shakespeare's sonnets
  • The life and works of poet William Blake
  • Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience
  • Poet John Keats' biography and works
  • Keats' Ode on Melancholy
  • Poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • A.E. Housman and his works
  • Biography and works of Anne Bradstreet
  • Works of Walt Whitman
  • Emily Dickinson's poetry, and analysis of her works
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins' life and works
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens
  • Poetry and essays of Ezra Pound
  • Pound's In a Station of the Metro
  • The free verse of e.e. cummings
  • Analysis of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • The poets of the Harlem Renaissance and their works

52 Lessons in Chapter 4: Poetry Examples: Help & Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Shakespearean Sonnet: Form, Structure & Characteristics

1. Shakespearean Sonnet: Form, Structure & Characteristics

Investigate the inner workings of the Shakespearean sonnet in this lesson. Learn about its origins, its structure and its unique poetic power. Break down a Shakespearean sonnet by analyzing rhyme, meter and thematic elements.

William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography

2. William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography

Who is William Blake? He's a Romantic poet, an illustrator and a mystic. He used words, drawings and an innovative relief etching style, called illuminated printing, to create some of the most unusual and creative works of the Romantic era.

Songs of Innocence and Experience by Blake

3. Songs of Innocence and Experience by Blake

How did a book of poetry written over 200 years ago by Romantic poet William Blake foreshadow an animated superhero movie? In this lesson, you'll learn about Blake's most significant and revered collection of poems, 'Songs of Innocence and Experience.'

John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes

4. John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes

Lots of poets only write for a few years, get discouraged by terrible reviews and never amount to much. And then there's John Keats. Despite a short life with an abbreviated literary career and ridicule from prominent critics, Keats' work would come to symbolize the Romantic poetry movement. Watch this lesson to learn more.

Ode on Melancholy by Keats

5. Ode on Melancholy by Keats

If there was a commercial for sadness, what would it look like? How could you encourage people to want misery? If you're Romantic poet John Keats, you write a poem: 'Ode on Melancholy.' Find out how he celebrates sadness in this lesson.

Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works

6. Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works

He's a Poet Laureate, a master wordsmith and the originator of quotes you probably think came from Shakespeare. Check out our lesson on Alfred, Lord Tennyson, possibly the most important English poet of the Victorian era!

A.E. Housman: Biography & Poems

7. A.E. Housman: Biography & Poems

Although A.E. Housman was pretty antisocial and pessimistic, he became a successful scholar and poet who was known for his lyrical poetry. Learn more about this interesting man's background and work in this lesson.

Anne Bradstreet: Poems and Biography

8. Anne Bradstreet: Poems and Biography

Anne Bradstreet was America's first published poet. Her poems both upheld and criticized the Puritan faith that she was a part of. In this lesson, we'll look closer at two of Anne Bradstreet's poems and their relationship with Puritanism.

Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

9. Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

Walt Whitman is now considered one of the greatest American poets of all time, but his work was not so well-loved when it first debuted. Find out what made the man and his poems so controversial.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

10. Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

Emily Dickinson was a well-known poet of the mid-1800s whose numerous works have stood the test of time. But what in the world did her poems really mean? In this video, we'll explore one of her most recognized pieces and analyze its meaning and purpose.

Introduction to Gerard Manley Hopkins: Devout Catholicism and Sprung Rhythm

11. Introduction to Gerard Manley Hopkins: Devout Catholicism and Sprung Rhythm

In this video, we'll introduce the 19th-century British poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Hopkins is famous for inventing a new type of meter for poetry: sprung rhythm. We'll examine his poems and analyze how sprung rhythm works. Additionally, we'll examine the influence of Catholicism on Hopkins' poetry.

Wallace Stevens's 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird': Summary & Analysis

12. Wallace Stevens's 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird': Summary & Analysis

Wallace Stevens' poem 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird' is an important American modernist poem that can be seen in several different ways. Read on to find out more about the poem and how to analyze it. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

E.E. Cummings' Free Verse Poetry: Analysis

13. E.E. Cummings' Free Verse Poetry: Analysis

Edward Estlin Cummings, or E.E. Cummings as he was better known, was a modernist poet who wrote poems in a new and innovative style. Read on to find out more about him and analyze two of his famous poems.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Overview and Analysis

14. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Overview and Analysis

This video introduces T.S. Eliot's poem, 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.' It outlines the general setup of the poem, its enigmatic lead character and its stylistic characteristics. It also highlights key passages.

Art and Culture of the Harlem Renaissance: Artists, Poets, Authors & Music

15. Art and Culture of the Harlem Renaissance: Artists, Poets, Authors & Music

In this lesson, we will learn about an artistic and intellectual movement called the Harlem Renaissance. We will identify the major figures associated with the movement and identify their contributions.

The Collar by George Herbert: Summary & Analysis

16. The Collar by George Herbert: Summary & Analysis

Having trouble making sense of George Herbert's 'The Collar?' Or maybe this is your first encounter with it? Either way, you can learn much more about the famous 17th-century poem in this lesson when you see it summarized and analyzed.

Erlkonig: Music & Analysis

17. Erlkonig: Music & Analysis

One of Franz Schubert's most celebrated songs is 'Erlkonig.' Step into the world of the supernatural and explore the haunting story he dramatized musically in 1815.

Author Thomas Hardy: Poems, Books & Characters

18. Author Thomas Hardy: Poems, Books & Characters

In this lesson, we will explore the works of Thomas Hardy, paying special attention to his poetry, novels, and the famous characters therein. We will look especially at some context about why Hardy created his memorable plots and characters.

Break, Break, Break: Summary & Analysis

19. Break, Break, Break: Summary & Analysis

We all have difficulties dealing with the death of a loved-one - even famous Victorian poets. Come see how one such poet copes with the loss of a close friend in this lesson on 'Break, Break, Break' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Cesar Vallejo: Biography & Poems

20. Cesar Vallejo: Biography & Poems

How much do you know about poet Cesar Vallejo? You may know that he's from Peru, but how did his early life growing up there influence his poetry? In this lesson, you will learn about the life and major contributions of Cesar Vallejo.

Chinua Achebe: Biography, Books & Poems

21. Chinua Achebe: Biography, Books & Poems

Widely sought-after professor, acclaimed novelist, husband, businessman, and poet: this brief description of Chinua Achebe barely scratches the surface of who this man truly was. This lesson explores his life and legacy in greater detail.

Description of a City Shower: Summary & Analysis

22. Description of a City Shower: Summary & Analysis

April showers might bring May flowers in your hometown, but 'A Description of a City Shower' says they would only wash up smelly trash in London. Read on to find out more about this critique of society written by the sharp-tongued Jonathan Swift.

Dylan Thomas: Biography & Poems

23. Dylan Thomas: Biography & Poems

Dylan Thomas, Wales' most famous poet, continues to be taught in schools and read in homes, even after his premature death. Read about what makes his life and poetry so original.

Easter, 1916 by Yeats: Summary & Poem Analysis

24. Easter, 1916 by Yeats: Summary & Poem Analysis

This lesson examines the poem 'Easter, 1916' by William Butler Yeats. Learn about the poem's history, analyze its key themes and symbolism, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Edward Thomas: Biography & Poems

25. Edward Thomas: Biography & Poems

Many people have called Edward Thomas one of the most important poets in the development of twentieth-century poetry. His verse shows a love of nature and a fascination with vocabulary.

Ezra Pound: Poems & Essays

26. Ezra Pound: Poems & Essays

In the lesson, we'll discuss a brief biography of the American poet, Ezra Pound. He was a member of poetry's Imagist movement in the early-mid 1900s. We'll also read and analyze a poem and essay excerpt. This lesson will conclude with a short, five-question multiple-choice quiz.

In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound: Poem Analysis & Overview

27. In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound: Poem Analysis & Overview

Did you know that one of the most famous poems in the English language is only fourteen words long? In this lesson, explore the poetic complexity of Ezra Pound's 'In a Station of the Metro.'

Henry Howard: Poems, Sonnets & Execution

28. Henry Howard: Poems, Sonnets & Execution

You might know the sonnets and plays of William Shakespeare, but you've probably never heard of Henry Howard. Keep reading to learn more about this ill-fated poet and his work that paved the way for some of the best-known poetry in the English language!

Jack Prelutsky: Biography, Poems & Books

29. Jack Prelutsky: Biography, Poems & Books

In this lesson, you will learn about the life and work of American children's poet Jack Prelutsky. You will learn about the characteristics of his work, and take a quiz to test your understanding.

John Ruskin's The Stones of Venice: Summary & Explanation

30. John Ruskin's The Stones of Venice: Summary & Explanation

In ''The Stones of Venice'', John Ruskin examined the architecture of Venice, Italy, and also made an argument for the importance of architecture in the world and the relationship between thought and craft.

John Ruskin's Unto this Last: Summary & Explanation

31. John Ruskin's Unto this Last: Summary & Explanation

Though highly controversial when first published 1860, John Ruskin's ''Unto this Last'' has become a classic and influential text on political economy. This lesson describes the main concepts and overall significance of this unique book.

Julia Alvarez: Biography, Books & Poems

32. Julia Alvarez: Biography, Books & Poems

Looking at Julia Alvarez's life, we see how the flavors of the Dominican Republic, her nomadic teaching experiences, and her creation of colorful characters and images bring power and vividness to her writing. Her poetry and books bring the voices of Latina women to life.

Lycidas by Milton: Summary & Analysis

33. Lycidas by Milton: Summary & Analysis

You might know his 'Paradise Lost,' but have you ever heard of 'Lycidas' by John Milton? Whether you have or not, you can come explore Milton's pastoral poem in this lesson with a synopsis and analysis of this piece!

Old Ironsides: Summary & Poem Analysis

34. Old Ironsides: Summary & Poem Analysis

'Old Ironsides' was once known by heart by a majority of American schoolchildren, but you might not have had the same experience. Not to worry; you can find this brief but famous poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes summarized and analyzed in this lesson!

Oread By H.D.: Analysis & Overview

35. Oread By H.D.: Analysis & Overview

Oread is a short, but sweet poem that is also a strong example of Imagist poetry. Let's learn about this poem and this type of poetry by reading the following lesson.

Pablo Neruda: Biography, Love Poems & Facts

36. Pablo Neruda: Biography, Love Poems & Facts

In this lesson we will explore the life and work of Pablo Neruda, a famous poet who is especially well-known for his love poems. After a look at his life, we will look at his work, several specific poems, and a few fun facts about him.

Poems with Assonance: Definition & Examples

37. Poems with Assonance: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will examine sound in poetry. Specifically, we'll look at the use of assonance as a means of creating sound patterns and go over its effects in poetry.

Satire 3 by John Donne: Summary & Analysis

38. Satire 3 by John Donne: Summary & Analysis

Donne's 'Satire 3' may not have been on your English reading list, but it certainly approaches a subject that many of us are familiar with. Find out more about crises of faith in this lesson with a synopsis and analysis of a poet's spiritual dilemma.

Shel Silverstein: Biography, Poems & Books

39. Shel Silverstein: Biography, Poems & Books

The work of Shel Silverstein has sold millions of copies and been translated into many languages. Read about how he got his start, as well as what makes his writing so popular.

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner: Summary & Analysis

40. The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner: Summary & Analysis

There have been many anti-war poems, and one of the most widely anthologized is Randall Jarrell's 'The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner.' In this lesson, you'll learn more about the poem and have a chance to test your understanding with a quiz.

The Pains of Sleep by Coleridge: Analysis & Overview

41. The Pains of Sleep by Coleridge: Analysis & Overview

If you have ever had a poor night's sleep or have even experienced nightmares, then you might be able to relate to Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his poem 'The Pains of Sleep.' In this lesson we will both summarize and analyze the poet's terrible nighttime experience.

W.H. Auden: Biography & Famous Poems

42. W.H. Auden: Biography & Famous Poems

This lesson will explore the life and work of W. H. Auden. In addition to his poetry, we will consider the context he was writing in and the central themes of his work.

Andrew Marvell: Poetry & Overview

43. Andrew Marvell: Poetry & Overview

Andrew Marvell is one of the most important writers of the 17th century. Many of his writings are satirical views of his political experiences. Through this article, you'll learn more about Andrew Marvell's life and poetry.

Terry Tempest Williams: Biography & Books

44. Terry Tempest Williams: Biography & Books

Terry Tempest Williams is a well-known author who is also known as a conservationist and activist for various movements. This lesson will provide information about her life and the books she authored.

William Cullen Bryant: Biography & Poetry

45. William Cullen Bryant: Biography & Poetry

In the lesson, we'll discuss a brief biography of the American poet, William Cullen Bryant. He was a poet during the Era of Romanticism in American literature. We'll also read and analyze his most famous poem, 'Thanatopsis.' This lesson will conclude with a short, five-question multiple-choice quiz.

i carry your heart with me by E.E. Cummings: Poem Analysis

46. i carry your heart with me by E.E. Cummings: Poem Analysis

E.E. Cummings wrote almost 3,000 poems over the course of his life. Let's take a close look at one of his most treasured, ''i carry your heart with me'', which has been called one of the best love poems ever written.

Poem Analysis of O Captain! My Captain!

47. Poem Analysis of O Captain! My Captain!

This lesson provides an analysis of Walt Whitman's poem ''O Captain! My Captain!'' Learn about the origins of the poem, the extended metaphor inside it, and Whitman's choices for meter and form.

The Wound-Dresser by Walt Whitman: Summary & Quotes

48. The Wound-Dresser by Walt Whitman: Summary & Quotes

Walt Whitman published 'The Wound-Dresser,' which became one of his most famous poems, in 1865. Read further to find a summary of its four sections and quotes from the poem.

The Wound-Dresser by Walt Whitman: Theme & Analysis

49. The Wound-Dresser by Walt Whitman: Theme & Analysis

Walt Whitman's 1865 poem 'The Wound-Dresser' is a moving response to the destructiveness of the American Civil War, one influenced by the poet's own experiences as a hospital volunteer treating injured soldiers.

The Hippopotamus by T.S. Eliot: Analysis & Summary

50. The Hippopotamus by T.S. Eliot: Analysis & Summary

T.S. Eliot's poem 'The Hippopotamus' makes a comparison between a hippopotamus and The Church of England. This lesson will talk about Eliot's use of metaphor and satire in his poem. Read on to find out how he uses these literary devices!

The Hippopotamus by T.S. Eliot: Theme & Literary Devices

51. The Hippopotamus by T.S. Eliot: Theme & Literary Devices

'The Hippopotamus', a poem by T.S. Eliot, demonstrates a comparison between the innocence and truth of the hippopotamus and the hypocrisy and corruption of the Christian church.

Auto Wreck by Karl Shapiro: Summary & Analysis

52. Auto Wreck by Karl Shapiro: Summary & Analysis

This lesson will present a summary and analysis of Karl Shapiro's poem 'Auto Wreck' by breaking the poem down into three stanzas and exploring the author's use of language and imagery as a means of finding meaning in the poem.

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